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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Watch: Geraldo Compares Immigration Debate to a "Cheap Drug" and Almost Kicks Ass on TV

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM

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The death of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an undocumented Mexican national has become a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and Sanctuary City policies, with everyone from Donald Trump to Bill O’Reilly to Hillary Clinton weighing in on the case. Now you can add another pundit to the mix: Geraldo Rivera.

On yesterday’s episode of Rivera’s FOX News show The Five, the mustachioed host nearly came to blows with co-hosts Eric Bolling and Jesse Waters for “exploiting” Steinle’s death.

“This from a guy who exploits and sensationalizes everything,” Bolling shot back, prompting Rivera to go full-on Travis Bickle.

“Are you talking to me? You’re lucky that you’re my friend, I’d knock you out right now. That’s absolute BS,” Rivera shouted, theatrically tossing a single manila folder to illustrate just what a hardass he could be.

At which point producers cut to a commercial break.

Before that contretemps effectively shut down the show, Rivera compared the battle over immigration to a “cheap drug,” saying, “You get a big bang, a real quick high, and a very long hangover.”

“It’s not a quick high when people are being murdered in San Francisco,” Waters responded. “It’s not a quick high when people are escaping the prisons in Mexico.”

(No matter that the prison escape Waters is referring to, that of El Chapo Guzman, has little direct bearing on immigration. Guzman, an almost preternaturally powerful drug lord, tunneled out of Altiplano not to seek sanctuary in the U.S., but to seek the empire and wealth of the Sinaloa cartel.)

Watch the exchange below.

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